National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

Abstract number: p657

DSouza  S.S., Wiseman  S., Kostkova  P., Mani-Saada  J.

The introduction of the 'Health Bill' in England later next year and subsequent 'Code of Practice' will give a firm statutory footing to what is accepted as best practice and evidence based policy and guidance on infection prevention and control in all healthcare settings. It will require a rolling programme of evidence based infection prevention and control policies to ensure that all policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated. To assist in this process, the National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC – is an ongoing project developed by and for infection professionals, a single access point to the existing evidence base and resources for infection prevention and control. This project is funded by the UK Department of Health and endorsed by the UK National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI –, a digital library bringing together the best available quality appraised online evidence-based resources on the investigation, treatment, prevention and control of infectious diseases. National policy and guidance documents are available on NRIC as well as templates to aid in writing local policies. Evidence based information is available and organised by settings, clinical practice tasks, modes of transmission and diseases/organisms. The level of evidence for each resource is clearly noted, as well as its regional coverage. Each infection control resource is quality appraised before being added to the portal, and many of the resources have a full review, written by infection professionals. In addition, there are algorithms for easy access and templates to be adapted to meet local needs. The implementation of online discussion of the resources allows further debate of reviews so as to ensure all issues are addressed. The resource is not intended to replace local infection prevention and control policies/guidance but to assist in their writing and/or updating and to achieve a more standardised approach to the evidence used. Progress with the development of NRIC has been excellent and feedback from infection control professionals has been positive with roughly 1000 unique users per month as of October 2005. Although the site contains primarily UK policy, guidance and research, the concept will be of interest in this era of global challenges which includes the need for joint working and collaboration with colleagues in infection prevention and control internationally.

Session Details

Date: 01/08/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: XXIst ISTH Congress
Location: Oxford, UK
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